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Judith Durham, Singer of ‘Georgy Girl’ and Other Hits, Dies at 79

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Judith Durham, the lead vocalist of the 1960s Australian folk-pop band the Seekers, whose shimmering soprano voice and wholesome image propelled singles like “Georgy Girl” and “I’ll Never Find Another You” to the top of the pop charts, died on Friday in Melbourne. She was 79.

Her death, in a hospital, was caused by bronchiectasis, a lung disease that she had battled since childhood, according to a post from Universal Music Australia and the Musicoast record label on the Seekers’ Facebook page.

A sunny folk-influenced quartet whose fresh-faced image and effervescent pop songs stood in marked contrast to the libidinal frenzy of 1960s rock, the Seekers sold an estimated 50 million singles and albums worldwide. They became the first Australian pop group to achieve global success, paving the way for other acts based in Australia, like the Bee Gees and Olivia Newton-John.

“Judith Durham gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a new generation of Aussie artists,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wrote on Twitter.

Ms. Durham was a classically trained vocalist whose work was admired by other singers. Elton John, whose song “Skyline Pigeon” Ms. Durham recorded in 1971, once said that she possessed “the purest voice in popular music.”

Judith Mavis Cock was born on July 3, 1943, in Essendon, Australia, to William Cock, an aviator in World War II, and Hazel (Durham) Cock. “My mother apparently said I could sing nursery rhymes in perfect tune when I was 2,” Ms. Durham once said in a television interview.

She was working as a secretary at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in Melbourne when an account executive, Athol Guy, invited her to sit in with his folk group, which also included Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley, and which had just lost its singer.

The group released its first album, “Introducing the Seekers,” in 1963, but did not strike it big until the next year, when it took a gig on an ocean liner and ended up staying in England indefinitely.

It was a portentous time to arrive on the British music scene: Bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks were performing to screaming teenage fans as they rolled toward global stardom.

The Seekers were a far cry from the rock ‘n’ roll sweeping London. Ms. Durham belted out toe-tapping ditties wearing ankle-length evening gowns and a perky smile, backed by three clean-cut male bandmates in suits.

“The pop charts was probably the furthest thing from any of our minds,” she said in a 2001 television interview. “You just didn’t try to do that with a folk-based quartet. Everybody was more poppy, and had the long hair and the electric instruments.”

Fueled by Ms. Durham’s vocals, however, the group caught the eye of Tom Springfield — Dusty Springfield’s songwriting brother — who offered them one of his songs, “I’ll Never Find Another You,” to record.

“Georgy Girl,” the title song from the hit 1966 feature film starring Lynn Redgrave in the title role, was an even bigger smash. Written by Mr. Springfield and Jim Dale, it was nominated for an Academy Award and hit No. 2 on the Billboard singles chart in the United States.

But Ms. Durham felt the pressure of fame and was increasingly insecure about her weight, which she tried to disguise by making her own dresses. She began to shrink from the spotlight.

“It was this never feeling good enough to be given the amazing opportunities we were given,” she said in a 2018 Australian television interview. “The boys were amazing, they all looked gorgeous, and so musically talented and everything. And so for me, I thought, ‘Well, they don’t really need me.’”

Fans were crestfallen when she left the group in 1968. (A later version of the group, the New Seekers, would have a hit in 1973 with “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”) But Ms. Durham remained in the public eye, particularly in Australia, where she recorded solo albums, starred in television specials and performed with her husband, the pianist Ron Edgeworth, whom she married in 1969. He died in 1994 of motor neuron disease, a rare neurological disorder.

Survivors include a sister, the singer Beverley Sheehan.

Ms. Durham reunited with the Seekers off and on in the ’90s and again in 2013, for the group’s 50th anniversary. That tour was interrupted when Ms. Durham suffered a brain hemorrhage.

In honor of her 75th birthday in 2018, Ms. Durham released her first album in six years, a compilation of previously unreleased tracks called “So Much More.”

In a 2016 interview on Australian television, she admitted that fame had come to seem a burden at times when she was younger.

“At one stage I really thought that I probably wasn’t going to keep singing,” she said. But, she added: “I’m glad that I’ve lived a long time. That’s helped me therefore lose the sense of burden, and see it as an honor and a privilege that people have kept me in their lives.”



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“The Music Man” is leaving Broadway: Last-minute tickets to see Hugh Jackman

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Just like Harold Hill, “The Music Man” will be skipping town soon.

After opening in February 2022, the Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster starrer is set to close its 11-month run at the Winter Garden Theatre on Jan. 15, 2023.

That means just a few more chances to see Jackman’s con man Harold Hill manipulate small-town city folk like Foster’s kind-hearted Marian Paroo into buying band uniforms and instruments before fleeing for his next job.

“I love everything about the show,” Jackman said. “The audiences have been incredible and I’m going to be sad (when it’s over.)”

Luckily, tickets are still available for all remaining performances and you won’t have “trouble” finding them.

In fact, savvy searchers can snag seats for as low as $89 before fees on Vivid Seats.

So, if you want to catch the show that’s right for you, follow our lead.

All prices were found at the time of publication and are subject to fluctuation.

“The Music Man” schedule

Due to overwhelming demand, “The Music Man” recently extended their run two weeks from a Jan. 1 close to Jan. 15.

Up until then, shows will run from Tuesday through Sunday eight times a week.

Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays begin at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m.

A complete calendar of all upcoming shows including dates, start times and links to buy tickets can be found here.

“The Music Man” runs 2 hours and 45 minutes with a single intermission.

Vivid Seats is a verified secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand. 

They offer a 100% buyer guarantee that states your transaction will be safe and secure and your tickets will be delivered prior to the event.

“The Music Man” cast

Hugh Jackman, who you may also know from his role as Wolverine in a little franchise called “X Men,” leads a cast full of Broadway, stage and screen veterans.

Here’s everything to know about his castmates.

Sutton Foster (Marian Paroo) is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress for her roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.” TV fans may recognize Foster from her star turn in TV Land’s “Younger” alongside Hillary Duff. She was also recognized for her work in “The Music Man” having received a nomination for Best Actress In A Musical.

Shuler Hensley (Marcellus Washburn) has been active since the early ’90s. Over the course of his career, he’s appeared onstage in “Les Miserables” and “Young Frankenstein” and on the silver screen in “The Greatest Showman” and “Van Helsing.”

Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn) works a lot. The veteran actor performed in “On the Twentieth Century” and “You Can’t Take It With You” on Broadway among many other productions on his varied resume. Of course, he’s also known for his starring role in “Perfect Strangers” as well as bit parts in “Succession” and “She Hulk.”

Jayne Houdyshell (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) commands the stage or screen whenever she performs. Whether it’s her dramatic stage slash screen turn in “The Humans” or portrayal of hardened Bunny in “Only Murders In The Building,” Houdyshell is a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye out for her in “Causeway” alongside Jennifer Lawrence next.

Marie Mullin (Mrs. Paroo) won a Tony Award for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” She also co-founded the Druid Theatre Company, located in Galway, Ireland.

All members of the cast and creative teams can be found here.

2023 Broadway Musicals

As always, the Great White Way will offer a range of classic musicals and upstart productions this fall, winter and spring.

Here are just five of the hottest shows you won’t want to miss in the next few months.

• “& Juliet”

• “Hamilton”

• “The Book of Mormon”

• “KPOP The Musical”

• “Some Like It Hot”

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Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

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Introducing Patrick ‘Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III! Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy.

The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate.

The child – his second with Matthews following daughter Sterling Skye, born in February 2021 – is named after both Patrick and his father, Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes. 

Welcome: NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze' Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a 'Bronze' nameplate

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate 

The joint Instagram post from Patrick and Brittany revealed he was born on Monday, weighing in at 7 lbs 8 oz.

The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon.’ 

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, 'Round 2!'

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, 'Big Sister Duties Coming Soon'

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon’

Patrick and Brittany revealed the baby will be a boy back in June with a charming gender reveal video where they shot blue water out of squirt guns. 

The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges.

Patrick attended Texas Tech University while Matthews attended the University of Texas at Tyler, where she played soccer.

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Mahomes proposed to Matthews on September 1, 2020, in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium, the same day he received his Super Bowl ring.

The couple announced later that month the were expecting their first child, with daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes born in February 2021.

They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter. 

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year.

He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter.

Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020.

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

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